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Belichick Calls Manning "Best Quarterback I've Ever Coached Against"


Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(FOXBORO, Mass.) -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has created many defensive schemes in his 40 years of NFL coaching, but during that time, the man under the hoodie says he's never faced a quarterback better than Peyton Manning.

"I mean, (Manning is) great, he's obviously a great quarterback," Belichick said. "The best quarterback I've coached against."

Belichick's comments come in the wake of his team's match-up versus Manning's Denver Broncos Sunday in Foxboro.

Belichick has schemed against Manning 22 times as either a coordinator or head coach, going 12-10 in those games.

Belichick also said, "I see no weaknesses in (Manning's) game".

"I truly appreciate those words because of just the unbelievable productivity and consistency of his teams over the course of his entire career," Manning said after hearing Belichick's comments.

The Denver Broncos (6-1) and the New England Patriots (6-2) will square off at Gillette Stadium Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET.

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ESPN: Robert Griffin III Will Start Sunday


Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN.

The 24-year-old has been out since week two when he dislocated his left ankle. He participated in full during practice Wednesday, taking snaps with the first team offense.

During his three NFL seasons, Griffin has started 30 games, completing 63.3% of his passes for 6,708 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions, while also rushing for 1,328 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Bruins Lose Krug for 2-3 Weeks


Christian Petersen/Getty Images(WILMINGTON, Mass.) -- The Boston Bruins' blueline takes another hit.

Torey Krug will miss two to three weeks with a broken finger, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday morning.

Krug broke the finger after getting slashed during his final shift in the Bruins loss to Minnesota Tuesday night.

Krug joins a growing list of injured Boston defensemen. The B's are already without captain Zdeno Chara for four to six weeks with a left knee injury and Kevan Miller, who has a dislocated right shoulder.

Despite the growing list of injuries, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is staying upbeat.

“For us, with our system, it’s about not just about the defensemen, but really the whole aspect of all the guys on the ice and playing a good system,” Bergeron said. “And that’s what we need to have.”

The Bruins (5-6-0, 10pts) re-called defensemen David Warsofsky and Joe Morrow from their AHL affiliate in Providence to pick up the slack.

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Bumgarner Does It Again, Giants Win World Series


Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday pitched five innings of scoreless relief on two days' rest to lead the San Francisco Giants to their third World Series title in five seasons.

Bumgarner inherited a one-run lead when he came into the game in the fifth inning and maintained it until the end, as the Giants nipped the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 of the Fall Classic.

"This is as good as it gets, World Series Game 7," Bumgarner said. "It's a pretty stressful one at the same time. We're just thankful for the opportunity and we're blessed to have the success that we've had." 

The Giants took a quick two-run lead in the top of the second when Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford hit sacrifice flies off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. The Royals answered back in the bottom half of the inning. Alex Gordon doubled home Billy Butler and then scored on an Omar Infante sac fly to tie the game.

Guthrie pitched into the fourth inning, where he allowed two singles and was relieved by Kelvin Herrera. Herrera allowed an RBI single to Morse to give the Giants the lead for good.

Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, two runs and one walk, while striking out one, before being relieved by Jeremy Affeldt. 

Affeldt pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to earn the win before giving way to Bumgarner.

Bumgarner threw 68 pitches, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out four en route to winning the series MVP. The performance dropped his career World Series ERA to a record-low 0.25.

"That first inning that he came out I could tell he was just trying to get loose a little bit," Giants catcher Buster Posey said of Bumgarner's performance. "But after that it was like he was in Game 5. I mean he was just hitting his spots, moving it both sides of the plate, throwing the breaking ball. It's gotta be one of the greatest performances in postseason history."

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Scoreboard Roundup - 10/29/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB - World Series - Game 7: San Francisco Giants 3 - Kansas City Royals 2 (Giants wins World Series, 4-3)

NBA: Charlotte Hornets 108 (1-0) – Milwaukee Bucks 106 (0-1) OT

Indiana Pacers 103 (1-0) – Philadelphia 76ers 91 (0-1)

Boston Celtics 121 (1-0) – Brooklyn Nets 105 (0-1)

Miami Heat 107 (1-0) – Washington Wizards 95 (0-1)

Toronto Raptors 109 (1-0) – Atlanta Hawks 102 (0-1)

Memphis Grizzlies 105 (1-0) – Minnesota Timberwolves 101 (0-1)

Chicago Bulls 104 (1-0) – New York Knicks 80 (0-1)

Portland Trail Blazers 106 (1-0) - Oklahoma City Thunder 89 (0-1)

Golden State Warriors 95 (1-0) - Sacramento Kings 77 (0-1)

Phoenix Suns 119 (1-0) - Los Angeles Lakers 99 (0-2)

Houston Rockets 104 (2-0) - Utah Jazz 93 (0-1)

Denver Nuggets 89 (1-0) - Detroit Pistons 79 (0-1)

NHL: Detroit Red Wings 4 (5-2-2; 12pts) – Washington Capitals 2 (4-3-2; 10pts) 

Nashville Predators 4 (6-1-2, 14pts) - Edmonton Oilers 1 (4-5-1, 9pts)

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Jaguars Place CB Alan Ball on Injured Reserve


iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Jacksonville Jaguars starting cornerback Alan Ball was placed on injured reserve Wednesday because of a biceps injury.

The seven-year NFL veteran suffered the injury against the Cleveland Browns in Week 7.

In seven starts this season, Ball had 22 tackles and one interception. The Jaguars defense is ranked 25th overall in the NFL.

Ball was originally selected out of Illinois by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL draft. In five seasons with Dallas, he had 104 tackles, one forced fumble, three interceptions, and a half-sack. He spent the 2012 season with the Houston Texans.

To replace Ball on the 53-man roster, the Jaguars signed cornerback Tommie Campbell. 

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Hawaii Removes Gib Arnold as Men's Basketball Coach


iStock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- The University of Hawaii has ousted men’s head basketball coach Gib Arnold. The move was the result of an NCAA investigation that centers on a document that was altered to benefit a player being admitted, according to ESPN.

Assistant Brandyn Akana also has been removed from the coaching staff.

“These painful but critical steps are being taken in an effort to strengthen our athletics program and to do right by our student athletes and students in general,” said Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay in a statement. “We appreciate the work of Gib and Brandyn and wish them both the best in the future.”

During his four-year tenure at Hawaii, Arnold compiled a record of 72-55, including 20-11 last season.

I do know we have never paid any players or recruits, never committed any academic fraud, never had an off-court issue involving domestic violence or criminal behavior,” Arnold said in a statement on Wednesday. “We ran a program the people of Hawaii could be proud of.

Assistant head coach Benjy Taylor will take over on an interim basis.

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NCAA: Gurley Must Sit Two More Games


Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Georgia running back Todd Gurley must sit out two more games for taking more than $3,000 from multiple parties for autographs, the NCAA ruled on Wednesday.

Gurley has already sat out two games and is eligible to return on Nov. 15 against Auburn.

The University issued a statement on Wednesday and said that they plan to appeal the decision "immediately."

Gurley was indefinitely suspended Oct. 9 while the school investigated allegations that he received improper benefits for his autograph.

The Bulldogs (6-1) have won both games without Gurley and will take on Florida on Saturday.

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Saints Prepare for Panthers


Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The New Orleans Saints will travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers Thursday night.

New Orleans is coming off a surprising 44-23 win over the Packers on Sunday and are tied for first in the NFC South.

"Anytime you're playing in the division, it's always an important game," Saints head coach Sean Payton said on Tuesday. "Playing on the road in the division makes it that much more important."

New Orleans has still yet to get a win on the road (0-4), but Saints right tackle Zach Strief remains positive.

"You look at how we've lost three of those four road games and you say, 'We made some critical errors at the end,'" Strief said. "It's not that we were getting dominated on the road."

The Saints are averaging 28.4 points per game, while Carolina has been held to 20.9.

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Lakers' Julius Randle Breaks Leg


Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle broke his leg midway through the fourth quarter in Tuesday night's 108-90 loss to the Rockets.

Team doctors said that Randle suffered a broken tibia and his return this season is in question.

"It is heartbreaking, because I saw him all summer," coach Byron Scott said. "I saw the work that he was putting in. I saw the progression that he was making, the steps that he was taking to get better. And his first game, he goes down."

"I don't think anybody in that locker room is happy about the way we played, but we're even more saddened about the fact that we lost one of our young guys," he continued.

"I just told him to stay strong," Scott added. "Adversity tests the true character of a man. This is some adversity that we're facing with a young guy being out, and obviously, it's something that he's facing. I feel for him. I feel extremely bad for him. He was kind of crying, and I just told him to stay strong and that it's going to make him a better basketball player."

Hall of Famer James Worthy, who was drafted by the Lakers in 1983 and suffered the same injury during his rookie season, gave some encouraging word to Randle.

"I had the same injury as @J30_RANDLE - he'll recover fine. #StayStrong," Worthy tweeted following Randle's injury.

The Lakers drafted Randle in the first round with the seventh pick this year.

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